SAN JOSE, California - The San Jose Sharks announced today that, for the third consecutive season, forward Patrick Marleau has been voted as the winner of the RAM "Sharks Fan Favorite Award," which is determined by fan voting at sjsharks.com. More than 10,000 votes were submitted during the eligible period.
Marleau, the longest-tenured Sharks player, is third on the team in scoring this season with 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) and second on the team in goals. He ranks 23rd all-time in the NHL for game-winning goals and is currently on the second-longest consecutive games played streak in franchise history (293), dating back to April 9, 2009.
He scored his 400th career NHL goal on March 10 at Colorado, becoming just the 30th player in NHL history to score his first 400 goals with one team. Marleau was named the NHL's Second Star of the Month for January and First Star of the Week for period ending Jan. 27 after opening the NHL season with nine goals in his first five games. He became the second player in the history of the NHL to open a season with four multi-goal games joining Cy Denneny of the 1917-18 Ottawa Senators.
Marleau is the franchise's all-time leader in games played (1,162), goals (404), points (860), power play goals (124), game-winning goals (79) and he is tied for first in short-handed goals (14). He currently ranks second in all-time assists (456) to Joe Thornton (501).
Everyone who submitted a vote for the RAM "Sharks Fan Favorite Award" was automatically entered into a random drawing which one (1) Grand Prize winner was randomly selected from among all eligible entries that voted for the winning "Fan Favorite Player" (Marleau) received during the entry period.
The Grand Prize winner received two tickets to tonight's Sharks "Fan Appreciation Night," presented by HP, a pre-game tour of HP Pavilion, a Zamboni ride, the opportunity to meet the Sharks player they voted for and receive that player's game-worn jersey on the ice following the game.